Isa's Bistro

4.3
1045 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French
FREE VALET PARKING OUTSIDE THE HAYWOOD PARK HOTEL

Call the restaurant to make a reservation for brunch. 828-575-9636.

Isa’s French Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner cocktails and desserts. Isa's is located in the heart of downtown Asheville at One Battery Park Avenue. Our 90 seat dining room is complimented by a wine cellar event space that can accommodate from 10-120 guests. Isa’s also boasts a lively sidewalk patio on one of Asheville’s most interesting intersections.

Fresh, local, seasonal menu curated by Executive Chef Peter Crockett.

Isa’s combination of great food, service and wine in a comfortable, laid back environment make it a culinary destination for both locals and visitors.
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GinnyH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food! Great service!

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Christiane
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Izas several times and it was great all of the time. Everyone is customer oriented, the food is great, pricing is a bit high but they are in a touristic town.

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JenniferB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was wonderful, and a bit eclectic, which is good. But the server was off. Very knowledgeable waiter but salad came before drinks, and before the soup my friend ordered. Entrees came before soup finished. Service timing off!

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TrishR
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I was looking very forward to eating here. When I came upon the restaurant I went in and asked foe a table…there didn’t appear to be a lot of people, yet they told me I would need a reservation. I made a reservation for the next day, and upon arriving 5-10 min early they were not able to seat me and my guest due to a lunch switchover. That seemed reasonable, however when it was time for our seating, several people, including us, waiting in the hostess area were not welcomed, addressed or helped. One couple gave up and left. When we did get seated, it was lovely, but the server seemed flustered, didn’t know the soup du jour, puffing “i just got here”. Then he proceeded to sloppily pour water, pouring it on my phone. He said he would get a napkin but took quite a bit of time getting it. Service was slow and by no means warm and fuzzy. Despite the nice outside patio, I doubt I will return.

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LeeC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Started out outside under an awning but they graciously moved us inside when the rain came - there was a very small gap between non overlapping awnings. Our server found us an inside table immediately and the transition was seamless. 'Sara' was great! The amp'ed acoustic guitar was a bit too loud for comfortable conversation - music was fine just too loud. Everyone's food was full satisfactory ++ and we had a chef in our group! If it were within my power I would add white tablecloths. Isa's food and service justifies that! Sante!

Isa's Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Trevorl
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Isa's Bistro and it was great. Wednesday night was 50% off wine bottles under $80 and a nice selection. We had the Truffle Mac and Cheese and the PEI mussels for appetizers, and both were outstanding. And we both had the lamb chops as our entree and they were done to perfection.
Our waitress, Tara, was fun, cheeful and very attentive. Had a nice laid back, acoustic guitarist/singer who was very good and added to the overall atmosphere. Will definitely be going back again. Great place.

Isa's Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you very much for your review. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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Carbill123
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice dining experience. The food presentation was top notch, portions were nice and taste was amazing. Great dining ambiance and live music experience. This was our first time dining at this restaurant and we will be returning. Thank you Isa’s Bistro and management for a wonderful evening!

Isa's Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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DawnC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After over a year of cooking for my husband and myself, we decided to take a road trip and ended up in Asheville, NC. My husband suggested Isa's Bistro and I was able to get a reservation on our last night in Asheville. What a wonderful experience!! Everything from the ambiance to the service to our dinner entrees was great!! A Big City atmosphere with all the little details taken care of. We enjoyed our experience and I am from New Orleans so I have something to compare to!! Outstanding!!

Isa's Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your wonderful review Dawn. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Asheville!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and wine and service were fantastic.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you for your great review!

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Isla’s French Bistro last night. The food was filling and delicious. My biggest complaint was that I did not save room for desert. The deserts looked wonderful. The wine was superb too! I recommend Isla’s French Bistro.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and recommendation Mary. We are so glad you joined us for this special occasion and had a great dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Bbbbb1
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service waitress was non existent food took ages to arrive and when it did the veggies on my salmon main course were burnt. Duck was over cooked and stringy. Men’s bathroom was disgusting excrement smeared all over toilet and floor next to sink dirty.No paper towels to dry your hands and hand drier not working.

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice hip ambiance, but the food was mediocre. Sauce over lamb chops was overpowering

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vipCSKing
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa's is my favorite place in Asheville for having the most perfect outdoor seating location and terrific food.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you love dining with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Dcgirl100
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reviews for the restaurant were incredibly glowing, so we planned an anniversary dinner here. Unfortunately, other than being seated right away, there is nothing positive to write. After waiting 20 minutes and having no one come to our table to bring water, or even acknowledge us, we went to the hostess to inquire. A few minutes later, a server came and greeted the couple next to us who had just been seated, poured water for them, and left; no acknowledgement of us. We went to the hostess again and were told the wait was because we had a 6:00 reservation and came at 5:45- ah, no, reservation was for 5:45, and why ignore customers, in a not busy restaurant. Next lame excuse was server did not know we had been seated in her area- ah, no again; the couple next to us was greeted and given water. The lack of communication between the front of the restaurant and servers is appalling and the manager had little to say when presented with the situation. Many choices in Asheville, hopefully this place gets its act together

Isa's Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Isa’s French Bistro. We appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. Communication is key and we will certainly pass your message along to all our front of house staff. We would like the opportunity to host you again in the future to show you how amazing our service can be. Please contact our restaurant manger Liz Elliott at (828)575-9636 to discuss your experience further and hopefully create a new reservation with us.

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vipAmore
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very enjoyable. The cordon bleu and seafood crepes were outstanding

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Amore. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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ZahiF
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very convenient to downtown Asheville, Short handed.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your review!

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GeorgeF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Coffee cold, service slow and sometimes unfriendly

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alexisf
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The service was awful. We waited about 30 minutes to get the two drinks that we ordered. For a party of two, overall it took two hours to dine. The service was so slow that we were only able to order and receive two glasses of wine during the two-hour period. We started with the mussels and after multiple requests, they weren't cleared from our table until the end of dinner when our entrees were cleared. The mussels were great but our entrees were cold. About an hour after we ordered, we asked how much longer it would be for our entrees to come out to which the waiter replied, "no idea." We were never checked on, every time we spoke to our waiter we had to aggressively flag him down. I would not recommend this restaurant: the service is nearly non-existent and the food is average at best for the prices.

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Vince
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Looked forward to our evening given other’s reviews. Not disappointed. Waiter friendly and attentive.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Vince!

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vipFoodies
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very nice ambience . The food was delicious but the whole experience was dampened by poor service .

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MarsMom
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had an enjoyable meal. Service was good and music was entertaining

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you gain soon!

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strongman
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your review. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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IddoY
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This is not French food, and not well executed.

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vipGvilleFoodie
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were expecting better. The cheese board and PIE mussels were good but not outstanding. The Country Cordon Blue was way too sweet. The restaurant was billed as a French Bistro so we were hoping for some really good French bread but found it to be disappointing as well. Our server was friendly. The hostess was rude. We arrived about five minutes early for a 4 pm seating and were told to wait outside as they were not ready. When we came back in the same lady seemed bothered that she had to seat us.

Maybe they were short of staff for the holiday .

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vippanther
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service atmosphere and street viewing The dessert (cream brûlée) superb

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was phenomenal! The French onion soup in particular was great, as was the truffle Mac and cheese. We really enjoyed the vibe of this place, and felt like we had a great time.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Claudia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing special regarding the food. Seated next to a couple with a screaming baby. Will not return.
Server was nice.

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JanW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, great service, wonderful food, nice guitar music. Loved it!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your great review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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AGUSTIND
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the bistro, and our experience exceeded our expectations. Truly a French bistro - ambience and food. The music was excellent as well.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipTimN
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside so there was street activity related noise.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your review and feedback!

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SFFoodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fit for Foodies, Excellent Service, Nice Wine List and great live music!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you had a great experience and can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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JoshG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambiance

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and superb service. Will definitely return.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you for your great review. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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MarcosR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent and a great place in the heart of downtown.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed brunch with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Daisey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had an appetizer of mac and cheese which didn't taste much different from store bought. My husband had mussels which he said we're very good. We both had scallops for an entre. There was only 3 scallops which were slightly over cooked with a sauce that was overly salty and not very good.

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vipAshevilleGourmet
Western NC
68 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and service. Thank you.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

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CindyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Josh is a wonderful server! Food was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect! The only complaint is with the hostess, she has a bad attitude. I asked for a table outside and she was very rude and said either we accept our table in side or wait 40 minutes. Other than that we had a wonderful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is quite salty..appetizers and entrees..made the best of it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around very good.

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JMUAlum
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for an evening meal - guitarist that played during the meal was a nice touch. Food was excellent! Adequate wine menu! Service was excellent!!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Isa's Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 1045 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.